Raising others through equal

Access to healthcare

Impactful physical therapy

Systems-based advocacy

Engaging in sociopolitical discourse

Empowering the community through equal access to healthcare, optimized self-efficacy, and maximized functional ability.

Mission Statement

The mission of the High Point University RAISE Fellowship is to create a different kind of physical therapist: an advanced practitioner who wants not only to empower the individual patient but also to be trained to make a greater impact in the patient community through systems-based solutions and advocacy. In addition to enhancing the fellow’s clinical skills through intensive mentored clinical practice, clinical and classroom teaching, and clinical research, the fellowship will help the graduate better understand the integration of the larger historical, societal, and political forces influencing each individual’s clinical presentation, especially those members of underserved populations. Our Fellows will be empathetic, collaborative, innovative, and progressive leaders with expert clinical skills, adept at championing change in the current inequities through advocacy for health care and promotion at professional, civic, and political levels.

Vision Statement

The RAISE Fellowship at High Point University will change lives in our community by engaging and uplifting marginalized patient populations through the practice of physical therapy. We believe equal access to innovative and effective healthcare is a basic right of every member of our community and cannot be obtained without an awareness of sociopolitical issues impacting healthcare and the mechanisms by which systems changes are made.  We seek to redefine the standard of care, giving those who are under-treated and misunderstood the opportunity to rediscover their self-worth and independence.

This one-year paid fellowship training will be focused on developing clinicians to be skilled in advocating for community and legislative healthcare advancement using a social justice perspective. In addition, the fellowship training provides clinical education opportunities in chronic pain management, health behavior screening, and mentoring of students.

Meet our 2018-2019 Fellow: Dr. Stephen Shaffer

“I arrived at the High Point University (HPU) Pro Bono Clinic (PBC) thinking that I was bringing my knowledge and skills to the clinic. What I should have been thinking about was the extent to which I was about to learn and grow while working in the academic and clinical environments fostered by the clinic. I acquired an extensive new appreciation of our profession during my time at the HPU PBC and it has forever changed my career path. I would recommend diving into an experience with this team to any physical therapist that wants to see where our career can take them.”

– Dr. Stephen Shaffer PT, ScD, FAAOMPT, FCAMPT

Interested in becoming our fellow? We are currently looking for a fellow to begin May 2021! Apply by clicking here and check out additional information below.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate sound judgment, professional etiquette, and exceptional problem-solving skills. In addition to a strong desire to collaborate and make an impact in the community, candidates must have excellent communication skills that will allow them to interact with a diverse group of people. If desired, the RAISE Fellow may develop a caseload of Spanish-language patients. Further, the ideal candidate should be hard working, be able to make autonomous decisions, and offer suggestions for quality improvement.

The fellowship program is dedicated to developing the expert clinician scientist. Upon completion of this program, the graduating RAISE fellow will ideally be a physical therapist who is capable of evaluating and managing a complex patient population via interventions using innovative technology, integrating the neuroscience of pain, highly skilled manual therapy techniques, and advanced communication styles. The graduating fellow will also have the opportunity to develop expertise in their desired specialty area, which can include individual and/or community health initiatives, teaching, and/or research.